Lesson 9: Model sheets * Fluid Poses

Here are another set from lesson 9.  This time the focus is on fluid poses.

Towards the end I was experimenting by holding the pencil in a different way to not go into pressing down so hard at first.  It was working for me, things felt more fluid that way.

I also got a kneaded eraser.  I never really liked kneaded erasers but at least there are no crumbs to clean up.   Also with it I can wipe the whole drawing and retain some faint lines to build back up on after.  Preston Blair mentions doing that it in his book.

Also, I was looking at some other people’s blogs who John has referenced on his site.  They are great:

Geneva : http://unlearningartschool.blogspot.ca/

Rex: http://www.rex-h.blogspot.ca/

Mitch: http://mitchoo.blogspot.ca/

Here is John’s lesson link:


Here are my drawings for this lesson:



Lesson 6 – When Generic is a Good Thing

John K recommends learning how to draw cartoons that are generic rather than those with a particular style.

In this lesson the emphasis was on studying generic characters so we can key principles we have been learning without the distraction of style.

You can go to the lesson here: http://johnkstuff.blogspot.ca/2006/06/animation-school-7-when-generic-is.html

Here are the drawings I did for this lesson:

Lesson 1 Basic Construction

Here I am starting the John K animation course.

For those of you who don’t know who John K is , John Kricfalusi is the creator of Ren and Stimpy and other things http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kricfalusi.  He has a free animation course you can do online.  I am hoping to do the course and improve my art skills.

The first lesson is about learning construction and how to build the heads of characters based on simple shapes in space.

I first found the course after landing on Pete Emslie’s page when I did a search for eye possitioning (I was finding it hard to line up the eyes properly on my characters and their proportions were all out of wack).  It’s a great post: http://cartooncave.blogspot.ca/2010/02/drawing-cartoon-eyes.html

You can find the first part of the John K course here: http://johnkcurriculum.blogspot.ca/2009/12/preston-blair-lessons-fundamentals-of.html

This seems like a really cool thing that he is offering, I am excited to start.

Starting with lesson 1 ( http://johnkstuff.blogspot.ca/2006/05/animation-school-lesson-1-construction.html ) here is the work I’ve done:

I am already pleased with the results.  If you had told me a week ago that I would have been able to draw the fox or those rabbits in one go I would have not believed it!